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Cuong Nhu Martial Arts

Welcome to Cuong Nhu Martial Arts

Cuong Nhu offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to develop the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—while helping individuals make the most of their unique strengths.

Cuong Nhu's Seven Styles




Wing Chun

Tai Chi



Cuong Nhu draws techniques and principles from several Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and other arts. It has its roots in Shotokan Karate, and blends aspects of Aikido, Judo, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Vovinam, and Boxing, along with training in traditional martial arts weapons. It is this blending of hard and soft styles from which Cuong Nhu (pronounced "kung new") derives its name, which is Vietnamese for Hard (Cuong) Soft (Nhu).

Beyond striving for technical excellence, Cuong Nhu prides itself on being an open-minded, welcoming and inclusive community, promoting a family-like atmosphere of mutual support and cooperation.

"All members of Cuong Nhu are unified in spirit and respect each other and their instructors."

our style

Cuong Nhu is a unique system of martial arts, founded by Grandmaster Ngo Dong  in 1965 in Hue, Vietnam, and brought to the U.S. in 1971. Our curriculum covers a wide variety of techniques, from striking and kicking to locking, throwing, and weapons; from fundamental self-defense, to long-term self-improvement.

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our founder

Called O'Sensei (Great Teacher) by those who knew him, Grandmaster Dong had a vision for a unique style that extended beyond physical technique. He built Cuong Nhu on a strong moral and ethical foundation, infused with his personal philosophy of continual self-improvement, community service, and respect for others.

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our dojos

Cuong Nhu schools may be found across the United States, as well as in France, Germany, Venezuela - and wherever a dedicated Cuong Nhu instructor may settle. The style continues to thrive in Vietnam under some of O'Sensei Dong's original students. To find a dojo in your area, follow this link,  or contact us for more information.

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the Cuong nhu martial arts association

We are a non-profit organization supporting a worldwide network of students and schools of Cuong Nhu Martial Arts, through regional and international training events, curriculum support, dojo development, newsletters, scholarships, and more. Our goal is to make the benefits of Cuong Nhu training available to all, in keeping with the moral and ethical principles on which it was founded in Vietnam by O’Sensei Ngo Dong. Join us!

"Cuong Nhu students strive to improve themselves and their abilities in the martial arts in order to serve the people."